‘The Mirror Man’ published in Sweden

A young woman disappears when she is on her way home from school. Five years later, she is found murdered on a playground in central Stockholm. Via CCTV footage, Joona Linna manages to track down an eyewitness. When it turns out that the witness is a mentally ill man who doesn’t have any memories whatsoever of what he saw, Joona reaches out to the hypnotist Erik Maria Bark.

The Mirror Man is the eighth installment in the Joona Linna series.

Villeneuve, Nolan and Gyllenhaal team on Nesbø’s ‘The Son’

HBO has greenlit a limited series adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s #1 internationally bestselling novel The Son with Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners, Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain) attached to star and produce, and director Denis Villeneuve (Dune, Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival) on board to direct. Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are attached to executive produce together with Gyllenhaal, Villenueve, Nesbø and Niclas Salomonsson.

Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming says:

“Denis is a master at weaving visually exquisite and unique narratives, Jake is a gifted actor and producer whose work often traverses provocative and compelling terrain, and of course, he and Denis have collaborated brilliantly in the past. We are beyond excited to see how this powerhouse team tackles this exceptional work.”

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Outstanding reviews for ‘Beartown’

This weekend Beartown premiered on HBO to fantastic reviews. The acclaimed series is based on Fredrik Backman’s novel of the same name, directed by Peter Grönlund, and written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson.

Beartown has among else been praised by the largest Swedish newspapers Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, and Expressen.

Beartown is a home run. Hallelujah! HBO Nordics’ Beartown, based on Fredrik Backman’s novel, is unquestionably the best Swedish TV series of the year so far. /…/ The result is outstanding. A Swedish production that is strong, heavy and beautiful like a bear, with high quality in every aspect and a tight hold of the viewer from start to finish.” ★★★★
– Aftonbladet

”The best Swedish series right now. /… / So well acted and engaging that you can feel the ice burn in your cheeks.” ★★★★
– Dagens Nyheter

“Chilling drama from start to finish. The grand scale production Beartown is a well-made series about ice hockey and destructive masculinity.” ★★★★
– Svenska Dagbladet

”One of this year’s best Swedish TV experiences. /…/ With Beartown, Peter Grönlund and the screenwriters Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson succeed in crafting a moral story that never runs out of steam. /…/ Big parts of the series feel like highly credible pieces cut from reality.” ★★★★
– Expressen

‘Ought to Shut Up’ published in Sweden and Finland

Märta Tikkanen is one of our greatest, now living Finland-Swedish writers. Over the past decades she has been a greatly influential figure worldwide. Her authorship became known throughout Europe with the hugely successful verse novel The Love Story of the Century (1978) and through her unrelenting fight for equality, Tikkanen paved way for other female authors in Finland. But how are her works perceived today?

Johanna Holmström has by the means of interviews with the author and close readings of Märta’s collective works and correspondence with colleagues Åsa Moberg and Birgitta Stenberg complemented the image of a highly stylistically conscious writer and a human rights activist of the highest rank. But there is also another side to Märta. One that swears and grouches; one that longs for recognition for her works and that perceives conspiracies targeted at herself from the domestic cultural life. And one living life, also after the rocky marriage to Henrik Tikkanen. After all, what is a female author icon if not human?

Ought to Shut Up is a the first encompassing biography of icon Märta Tikkanen.

 

 

Katrine Engberg nominated for ‘Author of the Year’ award in Denmark

Katrine Engberg is one of three authors nominated for Danish online book platform Plusbog’s ‘Author of the Year’ award. The motivation for Katrine’s nomination is as follows:

“Since her debut in 2016 she has with her shrewd and bulletproof plots, book after book, established her place among the favorite authors of the Danish crime readers. She is particularly loved for her unique language, both accessible and humorous. Also the latest addition to her series has been well-received by the Danish readers, with Katrine Engberg currently topping the bestseller lists with newly published crime novel Isola.”

The winner will now be chosen by the readers, who are able to vote for their favorite up until the 9th of November. To place your vote, click here.

‘The Homecoming’ published in Norway

An affluent family fallen on hard times. The small inlet village depending on it for its survival. An unbending will to do what it takes meets a matching will to look the other way, and soon an underground network is growing in the Norwegian village of Vike, visible only to those who know where to search; in the mountains, in the fjord, and inside the trucks leaving town.

What happens when a returning daughter, an outcast with ghosts of her own, enters this world? As the balance is upset, new secrets reveal the truth behind an even older mystery. To survive finding out the truth, she’ll have to play for keeps – and for dominion.

The Homecoming is a thrilling journey into the carefully hidden depths of a small town nested among the Norwegian mountains. Family history and criminal ingenuity meet salmon farming and a peerless ruthlessness as the novel’s protagonist, Stella, fights to save her own skin as well as avenge the future stolen from her. The Homecoming is Ingar Johnsrud’s first stand-alone title.

‘Anxious People’ an Indigo Best Books of 2020 title

Fredrik Backman’s latest title, Anxious People, has been selected as an Indigo Best Books of 2020 title. Indigo is Canada’s leading book retailer.

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The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf is once again No. 1 on the official bestseller list for hardcovers in Sweden. The book also claims the No. 2 spot on the audio list. Jo Nesbø is another No. 1 bestseller on the lists: his The Kingdom comes in first in e-book, additionally landing the No. 3 spot in hardcover and No. 4 one in audio. Niklas Natt och Dag grabs the last placement in this week’s roundup, coming in at No. 5 in paperback with 1794.

‘Partisan’ the big winner of the Canneseries

The third annual Canneseries Festival took place this Wednesday night, and the big winner of the evening became the Swedish series Partisan, which received the award for ‘Best Series.’ Partisan is co-created by Amir Chamdin and Fares Fares. Hans Jörnlind, Anna Platt, Fares Fares and Amir Chamdin number among the series’ writers.

Top Dog was also one of the prestigious festival’s winners, walking off with the award for ‘Best music for crime thriller’.

‘Smoke Screen’ No. 1 in Slovakia

Smoke Screen, the second installment in the Blix & Ramm series by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger, is No. 1 on the biggest online bookstore and second biggest physical retailer in Slovakia, Martinus’, e-book list.